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Roma striker, Edin Dzeko questioned referee Danny Makkelie’s courage after their 4 – 1 defeat at Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The Bosnian went down inside the area in the 10th minute under the challenge of Nelson Semedo with replays of the incident confirming there was contact, but the Dutch official waved play on.

Roma Striker Blames Referee For Barcelona Defeat, Says He Lacked Courage
Roma Striker Blames Referee For Barcelona Defeat, Says He Lacked Courage

He later gave only a free kick when Lorenzo Pellegrini was fouled, with replays again showing the contact had taken place inside the penalty area. Dzeko was unhappy that neither were given and suggested Makkelie had been intimidated by the packed Camp Nou.

“It was a penalty on me and the referee has got to have the courage to give it against Barcelona,” he told Mediaset.

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“If we are in the quarterfinals too, then we deserve to be here just like them, so he’s got to be even in his judgment.

“If he gives the penalties, it changes the game.”

Goalkeeper Alisson was a little more philosophical, although he too felt that the referee got things wrong.

“Mistakes are part of football and we work hard so we don’t make them, but in games they are going to happen,” he said. “Whether they are our errors or those of the referee, we have to keep our heads up and continue to work even harder.”

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